The town of Komiza and area around it boast with some of the best beaches on the island of Vis. Not only the beaches here are among most beautiful on the island, there is also very large number of them. In fact, it is hard to think of any other town on an island in Dalmatia that has so many nice beaches so close to it, and even in the town itself. Beaches in the town of Vis are also beautiful, but they can not compare with the beaches in the town of Komiza. The entire bay of Komiza is filled with beautiful pebble/gravel beaches, surrounded by beautiful nature, shade of trees and crystal clear sea that is constantly on the move thanks to seas currents from the open sea that constantly bring new, fresh water. Many of these beaches have freshwater springs that provide refreshment and coolness even in hottest summer days. Some of these beaches are very isolated and hardly accessible which makes them perfect destinations for naturists, people with pets and romantic couples that are in search of their private part of the paradise on the rocky Adriatic coast. We have prepared for you short guide that will introduce you with some of the beaches in the town of Komiza and the bay of Komiza.
We will start our exploration of beaches of Komiza and Komiza bay from the northern side of the bay, proceed through the beaches in the town of Komiza itself and finish our journey on the southern shores of Komiza bay.
This small swimming spot is located on the northern shore of the Komiza bay, just several minutes walk from nearby beach "Drugo ploca", which is located on the outskirts of the town of Komiza. "Bile stine" in translation means "white rocks" - it is not really a beach but rather a rocky stretch of coast with several pebble spots where one can find peace and tranquility away from the rush of other, much easily accessible beaches. From "Bile stine" you can enjoy beautiful view of the town of Komiza from the north-west and accross the sea. The beach can be reached by a small narrow path through the nature, or just walking through the sea on periods with low tide. The seabed is very interesting for snorkelling, with large meadows of Posidonia oceanica (commonly known as Neptune Grass or Mediterranean tape weed) and abundant sea life.
"Drugo ploca" is small pebble beach adjacent to beach "Gusarica", separated from it by a concrete slab (translation of "Drugo ploca" in local dialect means exactly that - a concrete slab). It is a swimming spot favoured by locals, with a small bar where they play card games, or just relax during hot summer days. "Manta diving centre" is also located here.
"Gusarica" is the largest and most beautiful beach in the town of Komiza. It is a pebble beach, with small, soft gravel, shallow entrance to the sea and it is ideal for children. The beach is located on the northern outskirts of the town of Komiza, in a beautiful green area, surrounded by pine, tamarisk and carob trees and with beautiful church of St. Mary (also known as "Gospa Gusarica" - translated as "Our Pirate Lady"). The church was built in 16th. century, and according to the legend it was robbed by pirates who stole the portrait of "Our Lady". Shortly after they ransacked the church their boat was destroyed in a big storm, and the waves brought the portrait back to the beach in front of the church. The beach is located next to hotel "Bisevo", and there are several cafe and snack bars on the beach. The beach is suitable for disabled persons, has lots of shade, toilets, showers and cabins for changing clothes.
When we proceed from beach "Gusarica" further along the coast to the centre of the town of Komiza, we will stumble upon small beach surrounded by family houses and in front of the hotel "Bisevo", called "Bjazicovo". It is a small pebble beach with small pier and few berths for boats. Here you can find "Issa diving centre", which organises diving program courses, diving trips, wreck and cave diving, wall diving and night diving. Since the beach is located in the town, it is very popular among locals. There are no showers on the beach.
If we proceed further to along the coast, just few dozen metres forward, we will find another small pebble beach, named "Zanicovo". Like "Bjazicovo", it is surrounded by family houses and it is a pebble beach mainly used by locals. Between "Zanicovo" and "Bjazicovo" there is a small peninsula with several houses on it - here is where two very nice restaurants named "Barba" and "Jastozera" are located.
Finally, the last beach on the northern coast of Komiza bay and the closest one to the town centre is "Sporku zolo", which translated from local dialect means "dirty pebble beach". This does not mean that this beach is dirty, but rather shows how clean other beaches are. This beach is located in town centre, on the outskirts of the town port, and surely it is not as pristine clean as other beaches in Komiza bay, but the sea here is clean and clear and one can enjoy swimming and sunbathing here without any fear from any kind on dirt. The beach is surrounded by family houses, and since it close to the port, there are many small boats on it, and berths for boats in front of it. We do not recommend this beach for spending entire day there because there are many other beaches more suitable, but if you are looking for quick refreshment while strolling the streets of Komiza, this beach will fit perfectly.
"Lucica" is another beach close to the town centre, located just few hundred metres after the large pier that protects the town port from the south and the marks the beginning of stream of beautiful beaches with lots of tourist offer. "Lucica" is translation for local "small port". There are just several berths for boats in front of the beach, and the beach itself is well equipped with showers, cabin for changing clothes, beach chairs and nice small beach bar. To the east there is a small reef that separates this beach from nearby "Jurkovica" beach. When there is low tide, it is possible to walk from one beach to another.
"Jurkovica" is another beautiful pebble beach located in the southern part of the town of Komiza, just 300 metres from the town centre. It is somewhat larger than "Lucica", but without as much tourist offer. The beach is primarily used by locals, and there are several berths for boats in front of it, but also many smaller boats on the beach, where owners keep them during rough seas. It is a nice beach, located just below the main road and it is an ideal place to take short swim and refreshment while en route to other, more attractive beaches on the southern side of Komiza bay, which we will explore soon.
"Mlin" is a small beach located 600 metres from the town centre in the direction of south, few hundred metres after "Jurkovica". It is a pebble beach with a small pier on it, without any sign of civilisation, and without any shade on it. It is not very popular beach, mainly because it is located just below former sardine factory "Neptun", and with so many nice beaches around it, people avoided spending their leisure time in the circle of the factory. The factory is not operational any more, and there are plans to build big port for fishermen in this area.
Vartalac (pet friendly beach)
"Vartalac" is first in the stream of beautiful pebble beaches that stretch along the southern shore of Komiza bay. It is located on the outskirts of the town of Komiza, surrounded by lush vegetation, rocks of vulcanic origin, and crystal clear sea with rich underwater life. "Vartalac" is a pet friendly beach - Komiza is one of not many towns in Dalmatia that have officialy designated pet friendly beach where you can enjoy sea, sun and beautiful nature together with your pet, totally relaxed.
Kamenice (party beach)
"Kamenice" is the most popular beach in Komiza for young people. It is a beautiful pebble beach, surrounded by tamarisk and pine trees that provide shade in hot summer days. On the beach there is a fresh water spring, that was very important for local people - the water was held in large reservoirs cut in stone called "kamenice". Thanks to it's orientation towards west, on this beach you will enjoy most beautiful sunsets on the island of Vis. And when the sun sets, coffee and snack bar "Aquarius" turns into a popular disco club where people from all around the island flock each night to enjoy beautiful summer atmosphere. On the beach there are showers and toilettes, and also the possibility of renting lounge chairs and kayaks.
Novo posta, Templuz, Storo posta and Baluncic (naturist beaches)
The area after "Kamenice" beach is designated for naturists (FKK), and consists of two larger beaches and several nice pebble spots. This area is so beautiful, so remote and yet so close to the town of Komiza that it could as well be a naturist heaven. The beach "Novo posta" is located few hundred metres after "Kamenice" and can be reached by steep pathway through nature that goes above "Kamenice" beach. The beach is surrounded by shade of tamarisk and pine trees. The pebbles are small and soft, the sea is crystal clear. It is ideal place for those that want to be in touch with the nature. For those that like exploring, we do recommend proceeding forward along the coast through the shallow sea (the area above the sea is very steep and dangerous). When the tide allows, you will cross to nearby beach "Templuz". Just after "Templuz" there is a stretch of rocky coast with several pebble zones with the name "Stora posta". Located after "Storo posta", "Baluncic" is another pebble spot large enough for 2 persons only, inaccessible from land is a perfect place for romantic day on the beach "Templuz" is a beautiful naturist pebble beach inaccessible from land, with freshwater spring, surrounded by lush vegetation, just 20 minutes from the centre of Komiza. Could it be any better?
The first public water supply system on the island of Vis was built on this small beach, with many freshwater springs. Today, it is not in function and all that remains of it is a small building directly on the beach. The beach is pebble one, and it is accessible by steep path from the road above. It is very isolated, so do not expect much people there. The sea is crystal clear, with lush underwater life.
"Velu Zolo" (translated "big pebble beach") is a beautiful, isolated pebble beach accessible only from sea, with lots of shade and numeorus freshwater springs that provide freshness even in the hottest summer days. Surounded by steep cliffs, it is one of the beaches on the island of Vis that are worth visiting. Even in the high season, there are just few people there. The sea is beautiful, crystal clear and fresh, and the only noise is the sound of crickets and waves.